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Make plans now to join Melinda on her famous Garden Walks at Boerner Botanical Gardens in 2014!

Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.


Leaf Activities for Kids

 
Get outdoors and enjoy the colors, smells and sounds of fall.  And be sure to collect a few colorful leaves along the way.
 
Use those leaves to create fun family projects, homemade gifts, and artwork for all to enjoy. 

Make leaf prints.  Select cloth placements, bags, tee shirts, aprons, or decorative paper.  Arrange the leaves on the item you are decorating.  Remove the leaves, roll fabric paint over the upper or lower leaf surface, and press onto the cloth item.  You may want to experiment on scrap paper first.
 
Or create a work of art.  All you need is a laminator or contact paper and a picture frame.  Arrange the leaves in an attractive manner or create fun animals and shapes with the leaves.  Laminate in place or carefully seal in contact paper.  Be patient as it may take a few tries with contact paper. Frame it up and you have a great gift or fall decoration.
 
A bit more information:  Expand your learning fun with a visit to Project Learning Tree.  This award winning environmental education program provides educational projects for teachers, parents and the community. 
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
 


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